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Introduction to Data Visualization

A beginner's guide to data visualization tools and techniques.

Introduction to Data Visualization

This guide will introduce the basic concepts, tools, and methods for visualizing different types of data. Users should note that data visualization is a diverse practice with the potential to become deeply complex. This guide is meant to be a learning resource for anyone who is new to the subject of data visualization, or who needs a quick reference guide to the fundamental concepts within this branch of data science. 

 

Here we see a famous example from the Nineteenth Century by Charles Joseph Minard. A description of the visualization follows: 

"Charles Minard's map of Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign of 1812. The graphic is notable for its representation in two dimensions of six types of data: the number of Napoleon's troops; distance; temperature; the latitude and longitude; direction of travel; and location relative to specific dates"